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UK Helps Teens Develop Life Skills With 'Adulting 101'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2020) — Does babysitting belong on a resume? Can healthy meals come from a box? How do credit cards work? Such questions are common for high school students, and the University of Kentucky is providing answers with a new online program.  

This summer, UK is launching “Adulting 101,” an online life skills course for teenagers. Over the course of eight weeks, participants will learn and apply a variety of workable advice from UK educators and UK Cooperative Extension Specialists.   

“Providing practical answers to real-life questions is what Extension does best,” said Jennifer Hunter, extension professor and assistant director of family and consumer sciences. “We are thrilled to bring our community programming to teens across Kentucky and beyond.”  

Beginning June 16, the online course will cover topics such as cooking and nutrition, financial management, online safety, roommate etiquette and more.  

"For many teens, life skills are either learned ‘on the fly’ or they fall through the cracks altogether,” said Carmen Agouridis, extension professor and associate dean for instruction in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “This course answers questions that may be otherwise left to Google or trial and error.” 

The cost to enroll is $29.99. For more information on Adulting 101, including the complete schedule and registration instructions, visit this link.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $501 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.